Thursday, January 01, 2009

Keep Mac OS X Finder and Terminal in sync

findercd.scpt

(*
Script: findercd.scpt

This script sets the target of the front window of Finder
to the directory path passed as the first argument. If
there is no Finder window, one is created. Optionally
the finder window can be activated by passing in "true"
as second argument. If no argument is passed
the user is prompted to select a directory
to go to.

The following two bash functions can be used to
invoke this script from bash running in Terminal
window:

# Change the directory of front window of
# Finder to pwd of shell
fcd() {
cd "${1}"
osascript ~/scripts/finder/findercd.scpt "`pwd`" ${2}
}

# Change the directory of front window of
# Finder to pwd of shell and activate the
# Finder window
fcda() {
fcd "${1}" true
}

Installation:

1. Paste this script in Script editor
2. Save it as a script - ~/scripts/finder/findercd.scpt
3. Add the fcd() and fcda() functions mentioned above
to your .bashrc or .bashrc_profile

This script complements the terminalcd.scpt script.

@author Sandip V. Chitale
@version 1.0
@date 1/1/2009
*)
on run argv
if (count of argv) is 0 then
try
set directory to POSIX path of (choose folder with prompt "Go to")
on error
return
end try
else
set directory to (item 1 of argv)
end if
set doActivate to false
if (count of argv) is greater than 1 then
set doActivate to (item 2 of argv)
end if
tell application "Finder"
if (count of windows) is 0 then
make new Finder window
end if
set target of front window to (POSIX file directory)
if doActivate = "true" then
activate
end if
end tell
end run

terminalcd.app

(*
Script: terminalcd.app

This script sets the directory of the shell in front window of Terminal to the
target directory of front window of Finder. If there is no Terminal window
is there a new window is created. If the the front window of
Terminal is busy new window is created.

Installation:

1. Paste this script in Script editor
2. Save it as an application - ~/scripts/finder/temrinalcd.app
3. Drag and drop terminalcd.app onto the Finder widow toolbar.

This script compliments the findercd.scpt script.

@author Sandip V. Chitale
@version 1.0
@date 1/1/2009
*)
tell application "Finder"
if (count of windows) is greater than 0 then
set cdTo to POSIX path of (target of front window as alias)
set terminalWasRunning to false
tell application "System Events"
if exists process "Terminal" then
set terminalWasRunning to true
end if
end tell
tell application "Terminal"
activate
if (count of windows) is 0 then
do script ""
else if window 1 is busy then
do script ""
end if
do script "cd '" & cdTo & "'" in front window
end tell
end if
end tell

2 comments:

Cosmin said...

Cool, will try them right now.

Btw, the scripts complement each other, not compliment.

Sandip Chitale said...

@Cosmin

Thanks for the correction.